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Should We Be Worried?


JoeCovenant

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Not being all doom and gloom,

But it worries me that up against an obviously unfit and not-very-talented opposition (Killie) we only won yesterday's game due to a penalty. (And Two brilliant saves from Bain)

Yes, Harkins was unlucky, and J Mac missed a sitter...

But this seems to be becoming our regular mantra most weeks.

We're being too 'unlucky', and 'missing' too many sitters.

We can (and do) play some amazing football at times. The team seems to be firming up well, but we also seem to be failing at the basics.

Throw-ins are always pointless and take forever to happen (giving the opposition time to regroup), our corners and set pieces usually amount to nothing close to a threat. And (last night was so frustrating) whenever we get close to the last third, the ball is passed right into the centre of the area where our (usually lone) forward is surrounded by 3,4 or 5 opposition players - despite the fact we have players on both wings SCREAMING for the ball.

Last night there were at least three or four occassions when the ball was played forward, and when it was picked up there was no-one to make the pass to. Whereas - Killie, despite being lousy, were able to make too many passes to open players, right at our box. It was only thanks to some frantic defending and Bain that we did not lose last night. My point is that we never seem to have the same space which our opponents get from us.

Why that should be the case, I don't know... But either way, it's worrying.

(shush.. I'm tired... leave me alone...   :(   )

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My more general concern is how most times, against much better teams, DFC can really rise to the occasion (not always)

But against poorer opposition they seem to lose concentration/confidence, not showing the force they can be, and with the inevitable consequences.

I know this can happen with loads of teams. (There will always be times when all teams punch above their weight, and fall down when least expected)    

But I'd love to see a game where oor club, hammered the opposition into the ground, and got home with a decent goal margin, and no jist scraped by wi the odd goal.

This is no necessarily a direct comment on last night's game, where there was a lot to like.        Just more a general reflection.

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Since turn of the year we seem to have got our act together and are building a squad again.

Won't go into defensive issues as there is another thread on that but its a balancing act mate.

I think if we didn't get penalty we still would have scored.

1 nil up we kinda took pressure off and they started playing the high line. That's not our style unfortunately

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That's the thing though DD... We didn't score again.

And if not for the penalty we'd have come away with only 1 point against a side we should have crushed.

Should we have taken the pressure off at 1-0 up?

(Personally, I don't think we 'did' take the pressure off... I just think our last ball was missing.)

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That's the thing though DD... We didn't score again.

And if not for the penalty we'd have come away with only 1 point against a side we should have crushed.

Should we have taken the pressure off at 1-0 up?

(Personally, I don't think we 'did' take the pressure off... I just think our last ball was missing.)

Ifs and buts mate. I'm sure PH wasn't happy with 1-0 tbh but we won.

Next game we go out and try again.

Against Aberdeen we were 2 up and crumbled. When so you sit back and defend? 3 up? 5 maybe?

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We scored 7 goals in 2 games in the games before this one and have scored in every game bar 1 this season. Our goalscoring certainly doesn't worry me - it's at the other end we need to improve and I think we took steps towards doing that against Killie.

Last night was maybe a wee bit sluggish at times, but the fixtures have been coming thick and fast recently and the game come on the back of Aberdeen away - possibly the toughest fixture in the league atm - where we had a depleted squad pushing hard and giving their all for 94 minutes. They were always gonna be a bit jaded after Saturday IMO.

3 points off the top 6
2 Home wins in a row
11 goals in our past 5 games (2.2 a game)

A clean sheet to build on.

St Mirren, Hamilton, Partick, Motherwell and Ross County in our next 5.

Worried? I'd say im the opposite!

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Ifs and buts mate. I'm sure PH wasn't happy with 1-0 tbh but we won.

Next game we go out and try again.

Against Aberdeen we were 2 up and crumbled. When so you sit back and defend? 3 up? 5 maybe?

Can't agree with the if's and buts... Facts are we only scored through a penalty, and only had one other decent shot at goal.

When do you sit back and defend? Certainly not 1-0 up at home.

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Personally I think we tend to play too narrow against the teams that like to pack their defence,meaning the middle of the goal is too congested & we're trying to thread the ball through the eye of a needle.

Hartley has tried to address that by bringing in natural width to stretch these packed defences.Unfortunately our only natural wide player,Harris,had an off day yesterday.

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We scored 7 goals in 2 games in the games before this one and have scored in every game bar 1 this season. Our goalscoring certainly doesn't worry me - it's at the other end we need to improve and I think we took steps towards doing that against Killie.

Last night was maybe a wee bit sluggish at times, but the fixtures have been coming thick and fast recently and the game come on the back of Aberdeen away - possibly the toughest fixture in the league atm - where we had a depleted squad pushing hard and giving their all for 94 minutes. They were always gonna be a bit jaded after Saturday IMO.

3 points off the top 6

2 Home wins in a row

11 goals in our past 5 games (2.2 a game)

A clean sheet to build on.

St Mirren, Hamilton, Partick, Motherwell and Ross County in our next 5.

Worried? I'd say im the opposite!

I think that's what was bugging me most about last night.

Right from the off (almost) the whole team looked behind the pace.

Adding to that Tank and Harris both having off days (luckily McGowan and Harkins had a good one!) it was just a little worrying that our only goal came from a penalty and a couple of chances went begging, and more than a couple of half-chances went.. well... miles away.

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Personally I think we tend to play too narrow against the teams that like to pack their defence,meaning the middle of the goal is too congested & we're trying to thread the ball through the eye of a needle.

Hartley has tried to address that by bringing in natural width to stretch these packed defences.Unfortunately our only natural wide player,Harris,had an off day yesterday.

Yep... exactly what I was talking about - last night was very frustrating the number of times that was done...

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We scored 7 goals in 2 games in the games before this one and have scored in every game bar 1 this season. Our goalscoring certainly doesn't worry me - it's at the other end we need to improve and I think we took steps towards doing that against Killie.

Last night was maybe a wee bit sluggish at times, but the fixtures have been coming thick and fast recently and the game come on the back of Aberdeen away - possibly the toughest fixture in the league atm - where we had a depleted squad pushing hard and giving their all for 94 minutes. They were always gonna be a bit jaded after Saturday IMO.

3 points off the top 6

2 Home wins in a row

11 goals in our past 5 games (2.2 a game)

A clean sheet to build on.

St Mirren, Hamilton, Partick, Motherwell and Ross County in our next 5.

Worried? I'd say im the opposite!

I'm in your camp Mr gandosaur. Hopefully we can pick up a couple of wins and maybe put pressure on St Johnstone.its goals against that's been worrying me but last nights game shows we can see out games to win 1-0.never felt like Killie were going to score.
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